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I have been tapped

McGuire has "tapped" me to identify five things that readers of this blog don't know about me. Here's a quick list:

1) I like poetry.
2) I hate poets.
3) I believe that points 1) and 2) are not only not contradictory, but follow.
4) I have a dog that I named after my favorite beer.
5) I dream fondly of the day that I no longer need a vehicle and can rely on my running shoes and bicycle for transportation.

and as the kind of bonus you can only expect here at blevkog,

6) I believe in God and heed his prophets Bob and Frank.


I do not like chain letters or pyramids of any kind and so I won't pass this one on. However, if any of the other writers here wish to post a list of their own, the forum is yours...

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If you like poetry, but not poets, I'm curious how you decide to dislike an individual poet. How many poets does it take to develop a dislike of poets? Let's see, Gary Snyder, Charles Bukowski, E.E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Margaret Atwood, Dorothy Livesay. Like their poetry? Dislike the poets? How about Yoda's paraphrase of Bukowski - "If you spend all your time trying, then all you're doing is trying. So don't try. Just do."

I don't know that I'd be able to describe exactly what draws me to a specific poet any more than I could anything else. At least not in a few words. I'm no poet :). However, my point is not that I like some poets over others, which obviously is true, but that with rare exception I take a personal dislike to poets; even those that I enjoy reading. Take Margaret Atwood - I have read her poetry since high school and think she is better at that than she is a novelist. However, anytime I hear her interviewed, her "old wisdom" and "been there, done that" manner make me want to scream.

I think that my feelings on poetry (the art) and poets (the artist) generalize my feelings on art and artists: the product can be wonderful, but (in my mind) the personality driven to create the art is usually intolerable. Hate the artist, love the art.

Note that I keep inserting things like "in my mind" in this discussion, because I really think that this is just me.

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